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Union to negotiate with Glencore over retrenchments at South African smelter

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 07:37

IndustriALL Global Union affiliate the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), will meet commodity trader Glencore in consultative meetings about retrenchments at Rustenburg Smelter. The meetings will be mediated by the Commission of Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Pakistan mine safety crisis continues

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 03:40

The start of 2020 has seen increasing accidents and deaths in Pakistan’s coal mines, exposing the near non-existence of safety measures and continued negligence from the employers and the government.

Iranian miners fired after protest action

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 03:31

300 workers at the Chadormalu iron ore mine have been fired after protesting low wages and wage discrimination against contractors.

IndustriALL and Michelin sign agreement for global works council

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 08:56

On 27 January, IndustriALL and Michelin signed an agreement to set up the Michelin Global Works Council. The new council, representing the Group's workers, will draw heavily on the work, methods and positive outcomes of the Michelin European Works Council (MEWC).

March for justice for victims of Vale’s crime

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:34

One year after Brazil's worst environmental, human and work-related disaster, which killed 272 people, 11 bodies remain to be found. Those affected are on a six-day march to condemn the lack of action. 

Iranian oil workers protest against unpaid wages

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 07:27

On 21 January, hundreds of workers at the Bandar Imam Khomeini petrochemical complex in Iran, launched a protest which lasted for several days against precarious work conditions, the non-payment of wages, reduction of bonuses, and end to overtime pay. 

“Vale have murdered us all”

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 03:24

One year ago, the Brumadinho mine disaster took the lives of 272 people. We look at the human impact of an avoidable tragedy caused by corporate greed and negligence.

Union confronts workers’ rights violations at Petrol Oil Kenya

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 02:53

Soon after signing membership forms to join a union, 30 workers at Petro Oil Kenya Limited were dismissed while petrol and diesel stations where the union had majority members were outsourced. The Kenya Petroleum Oil Workers Union (KPOWU), affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, says it will fight against the workers’ and human rights violations and for the reinstatement of the workers.

Mongolian unions calls for reformed labour code

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 22:21

IndustriALL affiliate in Mongolia is urging the parliament to reform the country’s labour code, standardizing miners’ duty roster to 14 days on and 14 days off to ensure mine safety.

Deadlock sets Turkish metalworkers en route to strike

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 04:52

Around 130.000 members from three Turkish metal unions, Türk Metal, Birleşik Metal-İş and Özçelik-İş, are determined to continue their struggle for a fair collective agreement after negotiations fail. Unions are planning a strike next month, if a solution is not found. 

Sanofi unions continue building unity

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 09:51

The French multinational pharmaceutical market leader Sanofi employs IndustriALL members all around the world. The global union has facilitated network building activities amongst Sanofi workers’ unions for the past five years, and will continue to do so in 2020.

Ukrainian unions oppose anti-worker labour law reform

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:21

Ukrainian unions mobilized their members for a “STOP labour slavery” protest action on 15 January in Kiev against the new draft law On Labour introduced to parliament without prior consultation with unions.

ThyssenKrupp unions urge company to keep elevator business

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 08:20

The thyssenkrupp Elevator Group Works Council has written to the management of the troubled firmed urging them not to completely sell off the elevator business to raise funds.

Uruguay becomes first country to ratify ILO Convention 190

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 08:05

Uruguay is the first country in the world to ratify the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Convention 190, which recognizes that violence and harassment in the world of work can constitute a human rights violation.

Stop the split of Eskom, say South Africa unions

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:31

Close to 100 workers picketed outside the offices of power utility Eskom in Johannesburg today, demanding that the process of splitting the state-owned enterprise be stopped.

Accord transition agreement signed in Bangladesh

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 07:08

In a crucial step to continue to ensure Bangladeshi garment workers’ safety, the Accord Steering Committee has signed an agreement with the BGMEA on the transition to an RMG Sustainability Council, as well as the Memorandum and Articles of Association that establish the new body.

Indonesia: fears new bill will destroy workers’ welfare

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 02:30

The Indonesian union movement is vehemently opposing a proposed bill on job creation, saying it will destroy workers’ welfare in near future. Nationwide protests are planned later this month, calling for the controversial bill to be scrapped.

INTERVIEW: Beauty Zibula

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 05:20

From factory to parliament in South Africa.

Indian workers strike back against Modi government’s anti-worker policies

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 08:28

The nation-wide strike on 8 January witnessed the massive participation of over 250 million working people across India. In many states protesting workers were detained, but the strike remained peaceful.

Thai workers dismissed over union activities

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 07:19

A few days after workers at Mizuno Plastic in Thailand established a union, 33 of them were fired.